Joined on 05/01/05
Great little cooler
Pros: Great little cooler that surprised me. The ambiant Temps in my room are around 65F (18C). Under load in BF4 my temps rarely go above 60C and my idle temps are around 29C. This replaced my Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro which died on my in about seven months. It's nice that I don't have to worry about this as much as an AIO system. -There is enough TIM to last you a very long time. -Comes with rubber strips to place between the fans and the heatsink eliminating vibration. -Noctua provides a Y-cable for your fans so only one connection is used up. -VERY solid backplate -Easy installation -Clear instructions -Solid build This a great product from Noctua. I have no doubt that this cooler will be in my rig for some time to come. If you're hesitant on whether or not it will cool a Haswell chip, don't worry. It will handle the job just fine.
Overall Review: Core i7 4770K ASRock H87M-ITX MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 8Gb Samsung low power RAM 80Gb Intel SSD 1Tb Samsung Spinpoint NCase M1
Great card at the $230 price point
Pros: As of 12/2016, all AAA titles will run on max settings with all eye candy at above 60fps.
Cons: The card failed on me after only one month of moderate use. I don't know if it was a temperature issue or the card just gave out. I know I'll be creating a custom fan setting next time. I'm going to RMA it, but a once top tier card should not falter like this one did in such a short time span.
Great case for a budget
Pros: The main pro for this case is the fact that it comes with a power supply. The power supply that is included is the W0070RUC, a $35 unit. With shipping, the V3 and the PSU separate would run close to $85 and this combo can be had for ~$55 with a rebate that is usually offered. Because of the price, this isn't a top of the line case so don't go in expecting it to be indestructible. The case is made with relatively thin metal. It will flex a bit. The case comes with one fan and that fan is sleeved. I can't believe that the fan was sleeved +1 lol. Sidenote, pick up some more fans when you order. At least one for an intake fan, maybe a 2nd or 3rd for the top exhaust. Another note, careful taking off the front bezel when installing the front fan (you do this by squeezing the clips on the inside of the front of the case together, all the way from the bottom to the top), you can accidentally break the clips, be patient and you'll be fine.
Cons: The single SATA power cable is very short. To use it for both the HDD and the ODD, you need to put the hard drive in the 2.5 floppy bay and the optical drive in the bottom 5.25 bay. There isn't any other choice unless you have a SATA-4 pin Molex conversion cable. The rear "thing" that they engineered to hold in expansion cards is one of the dumbest things I have ever seen in my years of building computers, but once you figure it out it's not that big of a deal. Obviously, by looking at the pictures and the price, you'll probably figure out that cable management is non-existant in this case...well you're right, you end up stuffing the cables where ever they will go. Which leads me to my next point, the PSU cables themselves. The cables on the included PSU are very short. To get the 4 pin CPU power cable to the top of my motherboard I had to stretch it almost tight over my graphics card and my heatsink for my CPU. Just made me a bit nervous.
Overall Review: This is a budget case, not Thermaltake's flagship chassis. Keep that in mind and you won't be disappointed.
Zalman Z7 Plus gets a B
Pros: The Z7 case so far has been performing great. The specs on Newegg don't mention it, but the case comes with a fourth, non-LED, 120mm fan to mount on the top on the side panel. The exterior is painted with a textured black finish that is really nice. The front 5.25" bays double as dust filters. The harddrive bay holds five harddrives and is removable. There is enough space behind the motherboard tray to hide some of your cables instead of just stuffing them into the spare 5.25" bays. I was able to route them through the cut out below the PSU. You can also route the top I/O wires down the side of the 5.25" bays and through the side of them at the bottom. So, you can have a little bit of cable management, but not a lot. Comes with a nice bag to put your screws, manual, and whatnot in. The fan controller on the side is nice and convenient. You have the option of replacing the front and side intake fans with 140mm fans if you want.
Cons: There are several things that caused the case to lose an egg. My power switch seems to have a short in it or something. I have to press it several times to come on or press it in a certain way. The PSU is top mounted, not a big minus, I just prefer bottom mounted power supplies. My side intake fans kept rubbing against the side panel. To fix this I removed the fans, put my fingers over the screw holes, and used my thumb on my other hand to bend out the side panel so it wouldn't rub. You can't see the bend since its under the fan cover. Doesn't come with a case speaker. While the front of the case has dust filters, the side intake fans has none. The shroud is supposed to act as one. Punch out PCI slot covers and 5.25" bay covers. Bloody knuckles, be careful, not all the edges are rolled.
Overall Review: I have a Corsair H50 water cooler in this case. The only way I could accommodate my cooler was to mount it on the side panel's top intake spot. If I were to mount it in the rear exhaust spot, there was a clearance issue with the regular 120mm fan in the side. It seems to be working well, the cooler is getting fresh air and is immediately exhausted out the back when it enters the case. The Z7 is a nice case, it just has a few annoying things that come with it. After you get through building it you kind of forget about all of it and just enjoy how nice the case looks. Also, people, don't complain about the case not being painted on the inside...there's no window. If you're a modder and put in a window, I'm pretty sure you won't mind painting your case.
Pros: -Small and compact. -With the six-cell battery the netbook still comes in under three lbs. -I use this to take notes with in lectures and it's great. With the wifi turned off and running just Word I get close to eight hours of battery life. -Nice size hard drive -The keyboard is much nicer and larger than I expected, so that's a plus. -Webcam (big plus) love being able to Skype on this netbook. -Solid feel to it. Doesn't feel cheap. -Good placement of the wifi button, it just stood out to me. -The screen is LED back-lit and it looks awesome. The screen is really bright and crisp. -Speaker output is good. -Windows 7 (yay) Starter (boo)
Cons: -Windows 7 starter :( Microsoft stripped this version of Win 7 to the bare minimum. You can't even change the wallpapers. There are ways around this though, I'll list some software you can download to get around this. ---Windows 7 starter also disables the use of DVD playback. I haven't tried it, but I've read that VLC Media player will get around this. -RAM. There are some programs that I like running all the time. Like Outlook Express so I can get my emails, running this puts my RAM usuage over 50% while looking at the desktop. I would urge you to upgrade to a 2gb stick of DDR2 667. It really helps this netbook out and gives it the boost it needs. Ordered mine off of Newegg and came in two days. -FINGERPRINTS!! I hate glossy finishes on outside of laptops. Such a fingerprint magnet, just something that personally bugs me.
Overall Review: Ok, this netbook is awesome for someone who is on a budget and needs a computer to do basic applications. For me it's a secondary computer that I use for school and when my roommates are playing video games on my desktop. ---To get around the customization problems that plague Seven Starter, download "MyColors". It's a program made by Stardock that has some free themes. You can also buy some themes if you choose to do so. I bought one that was themed around the University I goto. Download VLC Media Player to get around the DVD playback problem. IF you want a little bit more performance, you can download GMAbooster to OC your graphics chip and download Clockgen to get a bit more out of the CPU. You can find tutorials on this by Googling it. Overall, Win 7 Starter could of caused it to lose an Egg. I know this isn't Acer's fault, it's Microsoft's, thankfully to some programmers, there's a way around it. So, they're the reason for the five eggs. Hope this review helps
Pros: Comes with low profile bracket, even though I don't need it. It does work with 64bit Vista. Drivers were easy to find on their website.
Cons: The range of this card is HORRIBLE. My router is on the first floor of my house and my computer is on the third floor. The card does pick up my wireless but downloads at and around 30kb/s. Meanwhile my laptop is sitting right next to me and has 75% signal strength and downloads in the 300s. It is bad.
Overall Review: Get something else.